School Based Mental Health Therapists
Karen Stull, LMHC
School-Based Mental Health Supervisor of South CountyKaren Stull, LMHCKaren earned her Master of Arts Degree in mental health counseling from Florida Gulf Coast University. She became a licensed mental health counselor in 2011 and a qualified supervisor in 2015. Karen worked at The Florida Center from 2009 through 2014 moving up the ranks from intern, to mental health therapist, school-based therapist and finally supervisor. She left the organization for a five-year period taking a counselor position at Toledo Blade Elementary School, where she worked with students, families, teachers and staff. In 2020, Karen returned to The Florida Center as supervisor for the school-based therapy program. Karen is an avid reader who enjoys bike riding and yoga as part of her self-care routine.
School-Based Mental Health Supervisor of South County
School-Based Mental Health Supervisor of North CountyAlba ColmenaresAlba earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the Central University of Venezuela in 1997. She obtained a Specialition in projects management from the Catholic University of Venezuela in 2002, and a Master of Science in counseling from Nova Southern University in 2019, graduating with high honors. Alba is a member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Alba has been working with children, adolescents, and adults for over 20 years in Venezuela and in the United States. She has also developed and conducted over 80 training programs and workshops in both English and Spanish. Alba is a devoted wife and mother, loves her career as a professional in the mental field, enjoys cooking and riding her bike. She has been fostering pets for over eight years, and is officially considered a "foster failure" because she adopted every pet she fostered; she now has four fur children.
School-Based Mental Health Supervisor of North County
Danielle Bishop, LMHC
Mental Health Therapist/Glenallen Elementary SchoolDanielle Bishop, LMHCDanielle earned both her bachelors' degrees in pre-movement/dance therapy and forensic psychology from Stockton University. She went on to obtain a masters degree in psychology and another in clinical mental health counseling from Walden University. Prior to moving to Florida in 2013, Danielle worked as a crisis counselor in response to Hurricane Sandy. Since, she has furthered her experience in working in a hospital setting and private practice. Danielle is currently working towards becoming a registered play therapist as she enjoys working with kids of all ages. She strives to empower her clients to overcome personal obstacles to improve their overall well-being.
Mental Health Therapist/Glenallen Elementary School
In her spare time, Danielle enjoys various avenues of exercising such as weightlifting, yoga and dancing. She participates in mindful meditation on a regular basis to aid in creating balance. She views self-care as being essential in being able to create the relaxed and playful atmosphere for her clients.
Sandra Chalarca-Torres, MSW
Mental Health Therapist/Gocio Elementary SchoolSandra Chalarca-Torres, MSWSandra earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey in 2000. She completed her Master of Social Work Degree in 2005 from Rutgers University. Sandra completed her residence through the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House-Hackensack Medical Center in which she began her passion for helping and supporting children and families. In 2006, Sandra joined Safe Horizon Staten Island Child Advocacy Centers program in New York, and held the position of the Director of Forensic and Clinical Services for fourteen years. Sandra has conducted workshops to caregivers, staff and interns regarding trauma and child abuse. She supervised and supported the operation to respond to child abuse through the continuum of services offered. Sandra has implemented evidence practice models including CFTSI, TF-CBT, Risking Connections. Sandra has three children yoga teacher certifications and she had provided yoga classes for traumatized children throughout Kula for Karma program services in NJ. Sandra truly believes in the child’s resiliency and her work has been dedicated about the pursuit for child’s resiliency and hope.
Mental Health Therapist/Gocio Elementary School
Briana Cook, RCSWI
Mental Health Therapist/Laurel Nokomis SchoolBriana Cook, RCSWIBrianna earned her Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Florida Atlantic University in 2015. She went on to achieve her master's degree in 2018 from FAU in the same field. Brianna has experience working in substance abuse, she provided clinical services in residential settings. She also has experience working with children in a classroom environment, as she taught elementary-aged school children overseas. Brianna practices yoga and mindfulness as a form of self-care. She attended a yoga teacher training in 2015 to deepen her practice and continues to utilize this practice regularly.
Mental Health Therapist/Laurel Nokomis School
Shea Cruel, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist/Oak ParkShea Cruel, LCSWShea earned both his bachelor's and master's degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University. He is currently pursuing his license as a clinical social worker.
Mental Health Therapist/Oak Park
Shea has been working as a mental health therapist for over a year. He served as an outpatient therapist working with children, adults and their families. Shea focuses on implementing frequent self care techniques including exercising and practicing his faith to maintain positive mental health.
Shericka Daniels, RMHCI
School-Based Mental Health Therapist/Atwater ElementaryShericka Daniels, RMHCIShericka is a graduate of Florida A&M University where she obtained her bachelor's degree in 2005 and master's in 2009 in criminal justice. She went on to receive another master's degree from Argosy University in clinical mental health counseling in 2015. Shericka has been working with children for more than five years. Shericka has also worked with adults addicted to or affected by substance abuse. She was an educator and guidance counselor in DeSoto County. Shericka practices guided meditation every morning. She finds that meditation helps cultivate growth and finds stillness within and helps her feel more relaxed.
School-Based Mental Health Therapist/Atwater Elementary
Kerri Deatherage, RMHCI
Mental Health Therapist/Ashton Elementary SchoolKerri Deatherage, RMHCIKerri earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of New Hampshire and her master's degree in mental health counseling from Argosy University. Kerri’s prior experience includes working with children and adults in a mental health capacity and teaching parenting classes. She led small group sessions, worked with individual clients at and led anger management classes in North Port. Kerri is an active member of the Junior League of Sarasota and serves on the board of Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County. She also has run a photography business since 2009. A big fan of nature, Kerri practices self-care with lots of time spent at the beach, in her garden and in a kayak.
Mental Health Therapist/Ashton Elementary School
Jenna Froug, RCSWI
Mental Health Therapist/Brentwood Elementary SchoolJenna Froug, RCSWIJenna earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in sociology from the University of Florida in 2016. She went on to achieve her master's degree in social work in 2018 from Florida State University. As a Florida native, Jenna has always had a passion for school-aged children. Jenna has worked in schools as a tutor and girls’ group therapist. Jenna is passionate about bringing trauma-informed care into the Sarasota County school system. Jenna practices mindfulness and meditation in her spare time and finds that frequent practices help improve her state of mind and overall sense of well-being at home and at work.
Mental Health Therapist/Brentwood Elementary School
Savannah Gabriel, RCSWI
Mental Health Therapists/Tatum Ridge Elementary SchoolSavannah Gabriel, RCSWISavannah earned her bachelor's degree and master's degree in Social Work from the University of South Florida and is currently working towards her clinical licensure. Savannah has experience working in diverse counseling settings, including high-risk community-based programs for children and teens. Savannah's self-care plan includes visiting the beach, exercising, trying new restaurants, and traveling.
Mental Health Therapists/Tatum Ridge Elementary School
Jennifer Gravesen, RMHCI
Mental Health Therapist/Glenallen Elementary SchoolJennifer Gravesen, RMHCIJennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2010. She completed her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY in 2014. Jennifer is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Jennifer has been working with children and their families for the past 10 years, with a focus on trauma and the child welfare system. She is passionate about trauma-work and has a background in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, incorporating mindfulness into sessions. Jennifer incorporates mindfulness into her daily routine with her family. She notes that being mindful of her own feelings has helped her be more present and engaged with her family and at work.
Mental Health Therapist/Glenallen Elementary School
Jennifer Hatcher, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist/Phillipi Shores Elementary SchoolJennifer Hatcher, LCSWJennifer earned her Bachelors of Social Work Degree from the University of South Florida in 1999. She went on to achieve her Masters of Social Work Degree from USF in 2001, with a post master specialization in both infant family mental health and maternal mental health. Jennifer has worked with children and families for more than 20 years in both public and nonprofit organizations. She also has more than 15 years experience working with U.S. Service members and their families. Jennifer is a proud mother of two teenagers and a military spouse. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and going to the beach.
Mental Health Therapist/Phillipi Shores Elementary School
Laurie Heller, MS
Mental Health Therapist/Venice Elementary School & Taylor Ranch Elementary SchoolLaurie Heller, MSLaurie received her bachelor’s in psychology from John Carroll University and earned her master’s in counseling from Georgia Southern University, graduating with honors both times. While attending grad school, she played a pivotal role as project coordinator for two government-funded research initiatives: The Recovery Project and Parents Matter! Program. Laurie has been in the service field for over 30 years with experience in both public and private sectors. She has served as a behavior specialist, community counselor, research project coordinator and most recently at a private practice where she supported a number of individuals, couples and families. Laurie has practiced healthy mind, body and spirit approaches her entire life. She enjoys yoga, rollerblading, swimming, healthy eating and listening to music. She also enjoys reading, writing, journaling and exploring nature.
Mental Health Therapist/Venice Elementary School & Taylor Ranch Elementary School
Sara King, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist/Wilkinson Elementary SchoolSara King, LCSWSara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Furman University. She went on to receive her master's degree in social work from Florida State University. Sara has been a licensed clinical social worker for over 20 years. Prior to working with The Florida Center, she helped both children and adults in Manatee and DeSoto counties through her position with MCR Health. Sara has also worked in the community as a medical social worker for several local home healthcare agencies and as a school social worker for the School District of Manatee County. A life-long resident of Manatee county, Sara enjoys spending time with family and friends, visiting the beach and reading.
Mental Health Therapist/Wilkinson Elementary School
School-Based Mental Health Therapist / Wilkinson Elementary SchoolSilvana McDevittSilvana earned her bachelor's in psychology from the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee in 2016. Silvana went on to complete her master's in social work from Saint Leo University in 2018. Silvana is currently a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern working on licensure. She has received trainings in trauma-informed care and TF-CBT.
School-Based Mental Health Therapist / Wilkinson Elementary School
Silvana has over 7 years of experience working with children, youth, and families in a variety of roles, and she has worked in a school-based setting for over 5 years. She is also Spanish-speaking and has worked with families from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
In her time off, Silvana enjoys practicing self-care and problem solving by doing home projects, gardening, and camping.
Kristin Perry, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist/Englewood Elementary SchoolKristin Perry, LCSWKristin earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in sports medicine/athletic training in 2003 from the University of Southern Maine and went on to begin a career as a certified athletic trainer working with middle, high school, and collegiate level athletes. In 2012, she returned to graduate school and earned her Masters of Social Work from USM. Kristin began her career at a large non-profit agency in Portland, ME. providing mental health services for families and individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. She served an array of diverse populations including the homeless, those with substance use issues, and those involved with child protective services and family law cases. After a few years, Kristin was promoted to the director of the program but ultimately missed working directly with individuals and families in the field, which she found much more rewarding personally and professionally. Kristin recently moved to Florida with her son to grow professionally, enjoy the warmth, explore new places, and give her son the opportunity to pursue baseball and football year round.
Mental Health Therapist/Englewood Elementary School
Natalie Prater, RCSWI
Mental Health Therapist/Toledo Blade Elementary SchoolNatalie Prater, RCSWINatalie earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology and criminal justice from Iowa State University in 2016. She went on to achieve her master's degree in social work from the University of Minnesota in 2019, with a focus on clinical mental health and children and families. She is currently pursuing her license as a clinical social worker. Natalie has multiple years of mental health experience working with children, families, and adults in a wide range of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, residential, and in-home services. Natalie enjoys traveling, reading, the outdoors, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog Tucker. She finds that frequent time outside, mindfulness, and engaging in physical activity improve her state of mind and help her feel more balanced, both at work and at home.
Mental Health Therapist/Toledo Blade Elementary School
Kaylin Ricci, RMHCI
Mental Health Therapist/Garden Elementary SchoolKaylin Ricci, RMHCIKaylin earned her bachelor's degree in behavioral healthcare from the University of South Florida in 2015. She went on to complete her master's in counselor education from University of Central Florida in 2017. Kaylin is currently a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern (RMHCI) working on licensure. Kaylin has more than six years of experience working with children, youth, and families in a variety of roles. Kaylin spent a year of undergrad providing grief and loss groups to youth at a correctional facility in Florida. She also spent two years working with a diversion program for The Florida Department of Children and Families. She has also worked with diverse populations including homeless and unaccompanied youth. Most recently, she provided forensic therapy for the Florida Department of Corrections at two facilities. In her time off, Kaylin enjoys practicing self-care by doing home projects, spending time with her two children, and visiting the beach.
Mental Health Therapist/Garden Elementary School
Melia Richardson, MSW
Mental Health Therapist/Tuttle Elementary SchoolMelia Richardson, MSWMelia earned her bachelor degree in social work from Missouri Western State University in 2019 and further obtained her master’s degree in the same subject from the University of South Florida in 2020. Following her graduation, Melia worked was a therapist for the child protection center’s sexual abuse treatment program. In addition to her experience working with victims of trauma, Melia was involved with children through agencies such as Big Brother and Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club. Melia enjoys hiking in her free time. She feels hiking is a great way to clear her mind and gets her out in nature.
Mental Health Therapist/Tuttle Elementary School
Jorge Rivas-Carrillo, MSW
Mental Health Therapist/Bay Haven SchoolJorge Rivas-Carrillo, MSWJorge earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and his master's in clinical psychology at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He also recently earned his master's in social work at City University of New York. He is currently pursuing his license as a clinical social worker. Jorge has worked with children and families involved in the New York State child welfare system for the past 8 years providing family therapy. His interests are in the areas of multicultural mental health practices, child psychology and family psychology. He was born and raised in Peru and enjoys utilizing his bilingual skills in his clinical practice. Jorge's self-care is spent running, reading and travelling.
Mental Health Therapist/Bay Haven School
Taylor Robson, LMHC
School-Based Mental Health Therapist/Cranberry Elementary SchoolTaylor Robson, LMHCTaylor earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and French from Denison University in 2011. In 2013, she went on to complete a master’s degree in neuropsychology and rehabilitation before working as a coordinator of research programs for individuals with neurological impairment. In 2019, Taylor earned a second master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Florida Atlantic University. Taylor has experience working in diverse counseling settings, including high-risk community-based programs for children and teens, school settings, senior care settings, and outpatient community mental health. She has experience working with individuals, families, and groups. Taylor is trained in a variety of counseling interventions and aims to adopt appropriate therapy modalities to meet each client’s unique needs. Taylor loves spending time with her husband and two dogs, and she focuses on practicing gratitude daily. She enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, biking, and swimming to focus on self-care.
School-Based Mental Health Therapist/Cranberry Elementary School
Margaret Ross, RCSWI
Mental Health Therapist/Fruitville Elementary SchoolMargaret Ross, RCSWIMargaret earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and family and child sciences in 2016 and her master's degree in Social Work in 2018 from Florida State University. She served as a peer educator and mentor throughout her undergraduate career and was research assistant in graduate school. Margaret is also certified to teach children's yoga. Margaret has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in different capacities. She was previously a clinical social worker for inpatient and outpatient behavioral health care, spent time volunteering at a preschool, and has worked one-on-one with a child on the autism spectrum to teach mindfulness, breathing, and healthy movement techniques. Margaret enjoys practicing yoga, playing golf, knitting, and reading. She believes that finding a balance between both active and relaxing hobbies is important. Margaret feels that taking time to care for oneself is imperative to mental health and overall wellness.
Mental Health Therapist/Fruitville Elementary School
Pam Sanders Wilsen, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist/Emma E. Booker Elementary SchoolPam Sanders Wilsen, LCSWPam earned her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in psychology from the University of South Florida in 2009. She went on to earn her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Argosy University in 2013. Pam has worked in school based mental health services since completing her master's level internship in 2013.
Mental Health Therapist/Emma E. Booker Elementary School
Stanley Zamor, MS
Mental Health Therapist/Lamarque Elementary SchoolStanley Zamor, MSStanley Zamor completed his BA in sociology at Haitian State University and received a master's degree in human services with a concentration in mental health counseling from Springeld College in 2020. He is an active member of American Counseling Association.
Mental Health Therapist/Lamarque Elementary School
Stanley has extensively worked in the mental health eld across different levels of care including inpatient residential and outpatient settings. For over 10 years, he had provided psychosocial supports to children and adolescents in challenging humanitarian setting and half of his clinical experience has occurred in crisis unit working with school-age population, which provides him with an ability to understand the pattern of emotional and cognitive processing in children. Prior to joining the Florida Center for Early Childhood, Stanley has been involved in the treatment of emotional disorders in children and adolescents as a Clinical Therapist.
In addition to his mental health career, Stanley is the father of two school-age boys who are passionate about playground adventures and outdoor activities. His favorite spare time activity is playing outdoor sports and cards. He believes and experiences that frequent play interactions bring cathartic relief from stress and help explore and address some of our unfished businesses.